‘Old’ this and ‘Old’ that…

Old Ripper has been the Alpha for how long?  And how do we know it’s him?  In the Trailverse, the local animals all have names, at least the ones that matter, which doesn’t bode well for the so far anonymous moose cow and her calf…

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But given the inappropriate coloring of the moose family, maybe they need to go anyway… I mean, what would the world do with a strain of moose with black fur??

Flash forward:  Mark tranquilizes Ripper, the pack falls into disarray, (for where are they without their leader?) the nameless moose get away, and something about the unconscious Ripper is discovered which leads us on a Lost Forest Adventure. Or this could just be another brief interlude that will be useful 100 days into the next story.  The only reason I am guessing is that I am already bored with this story.  I need to gird myself…

Nature is as Nature does, Mark…

You ought to know that better than anyone!  And while it violates our human sensibilities to realize that young animals are food for Apex Predators, who are we to get in the way??

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Hate to say it Mark, but you’ll have to summon all your Lee Harvey Oswald in the School Book Depository skills if you think you can get off four tranquilizer darts, have each one find its mark, in time to save the calf (not the “baby” thank you very much) from the pack…

And we’re back…

Oh look, Honey.  Wildlife.  Shocking.  Only maybe it is…  these moose look like they have been ejected from the underworld…  Mother Moose’s eyes look as thought they are glowing red…  Certainly their coat color is all wrong- has there been an oil spill?  Has a tanker train gone off the rails?  That would certainly be timely what with what’s going down in West Virginia right now…

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So good to be back, though… no questions, no repercussions from the trip, no insurance adjusters interrogating the Trails.  Never mind that the Swan is in a million pieces and there is a disembodied Pony Tail floating around…  Let’s see what happens next, kids!